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United Nations Day, October 24, 1950: There shall be peace

"There shall be peace." This has been decided. We have decided it - we, the peoples of the United Nations, who constitute more than nine tenths of the people on the face of the earth. For once, let us be impatient. Let us brush aside all the timidities, the hesitancies of mere talk about the"hope"of men, women and children to have the chance to live in peace. It has been decided. There is more than talk and hope.

For, five years ago our Determination that there shall be peace was written-written not only in ink but large and clear enough in our faith and will to justify all the blood, sweat and tears that had gone before. Five years ago, we said in our Charter, the Charter of the United Nations, that we are: "Determined" to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war."Now, five years later, the slogan for United Nations Day - for the generation of the United Nations, for the century of the United Nations - is:

"There shall be peace." But peace is not merely an absence of war-a refuge for cowards, a cave for hermits, a playground for idlers-a kind of surrender ih the face of the enemy. Peace calls for heroes, who do more than hold their ground and rest on their fading laurels. It comes from the power, the courage, the intelligence of man, age-old weapons against the traditional enemies of men-war, famine, pestilence, ignorance.

This is the kind of peace we are building-we the people of the United Nations-five years after we signed the covenant we call the Charter. And of the new weapons we are using, the new tools we are using, none is more important than the United Nations Programme for Technical Assistance.

For this programme will help in a great task of peace - a difficult, yet entirely feasible task - nothing less than the remaking of the world - in which men, women and children may live in the reality of peace and with the sound hope for a better life.

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Novembre 1950